Souness did not play that often in Light Blue, but he was an exceptional, inspirational player whose mark on the club’s history is indelible.
Graeme Souness joined Rangers as player-manager in the Spring of 1986 and rebuilt a failing Rangers into the team that today we know and love.
His Rangers career on the pitch got off to a terrible start when he was sent off on his debut in Edinburgh.
Graeme Souness is remembered more for his management skills rather than his on field antics despite being one of the greatest midfielders ever.
Souness won a piece of silverware every year he was the boss at Ibrox, he also brought some exceptional players to Rangers. Gone were the days of Scottish players going South to better themselves Souness was capable of getting great English players to go North to improve their games.
In the 1986/87 season Rangers kicked off the season with a new look side, Graeme had signed England deputy captain Terry Butcher and England’s second choice keeper Chris Woods over the summer. These proved to be brilliant signings and helped end the nine-year Championship famine.
Woods and Butcher weren’t the only great signings Souness brought to the club As the trophies kept coming so did the talented English based players. Trevor Steven, Gary Stevens, Ray Wilkins all left promising careers in England to join the Rangers project along with Scotland’s favourite son Richard Gough.
But perhaps Souness’ biggest transfer was the signing of ex-Celt, Mo Johnston. Rangers’ first high-profile Roman Catholic proved his worth, partnering both Ally McCoist and Mark Hateley in two Championship seasons. It had been another Souness masterstroke.
In April 91, the lure of Liverpool proved too strong and Souness returned to Anfield as manager. Walter Smith was promoted to take charge where he continued with the clubs development.